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In this Wednesday, March 30, 2011 photo, Dr. Peter Scriba, chairman of the German Medical Association's advisory board, poses in Munich, southern Germany. For German patients plagued with problems like chronic pain and mild depression, doctors may soon be trying something a little different: a placebo. After completing a major study on the use of placebos, the German Medical Association recently concluded the fake pills sometimes work better than real medicines and recommended that doctors give them out more often even without explicitly telling their patients. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)